john legend

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    hrnz to close most tracks !

    It looks like the brains trust is to reduce racetracks to 5 or 6 in nz .The ideal spread would be (to cover the most trainers and geographics) say Auckland,Cambridge,manawatu. Addington,forbury, ascot park and say ashburton. but my pick they take the easy way out as follows Auckland/Cambridge/addington/forbury/ascot park. and stuff everybody else.Manawatu could have a condition north island only. the NI, travel would be same whether taranaki/manawatu horses travel or others come south.The gap between the Cambridge winning post and the addington post is the majority of nz without some regularity of racing there will be no owners left outside those areas.I appreciate we are all in a nightmare but lets not make moves that are easy but will ultimately destroy a large part of harness racing.
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    Alex Park even caters for the Ghosts

    yes free drink (no barman) and ghost chips
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    corona

    wow what a muck up some allowed photos others doing as instructed not to attend. I agree with those that think HRNZ or RIU or rita or TAB are putting the sulky on the front end. now HRNZ is ordering me (a decrepid 72 year old) to not attend racemeetings or trials cos I may die !!!! Apparently unbeknown to me I havea compromised Immune system that's also 72 so its goodnight nurse if I get near a racecourse... Finally I have travelled through the looking glass with Alice and her mates .I wonder if I will be allowed to purchase a dressing gown and slippers so I can just slip away quietly and not leave the house to go to manawatu or sight my horse and never see the magnificent south island again. Icould also say closing Manawatu down is not solving anything but putting many fine trainers at risk of getting out of the game.(and owners and bettors. }
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    corona

    who was the owner getting a photo with his horse Friday night alex park ? and if it happened why ? or was it a trainer who owned part of winner ?
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    corona

    well spotted frankie, they couldbe allowed down at the building site doing some painting to see if the dec 2018 deadline will be met.. oh no its 2020 oh well the dec 2020 deadline !
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    corona

    surely owners could be present ,would still be under govt guidelines of 500 and get photo on wall ! (well 10 winners ) I know some syndicates are about 40 people but the limit could be say 5 per horse . Maybe I am wrong but feels a bit OTT in my humble opinion.
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    $7000 races are we all mad ?

    no straight miles huttpark not healesville lol.
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    $7000 races are we all mad ?

    Cardigan Bay broke the mile record there and it was resurveyed and was done again when passing lane introduced at some cost all legitimate. In fact Sir Roy Mckenzie . wanted us to add a shute to accommodate flying miles ,but due to cost and perhaps a bit too innovative for the time. (could have worked).!00 years of history thrown away by the industry. IMHO a disgrace for the Capital of NZ to have no harness racing The Plan was for a mega track on the Kapiti Coast inc the 3 codes which if built in the 1990s would have been tremendous and within budget The cost now would be exhorbitant. Idiots have been running the show for many years with no forward planning other than closing courses which they don't own.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    $7000 races are we all mad ?

    The most popular of raceways which is sorely missed by most who attended meetings there. Hutt Park Raceway ,Wellington HRC.
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    $7000 races are we all mad ?

    Each individual club can do very little against the massive beauracracy that has grown around the "racing product" as the accountants like to call it.The club did attempt to future proof itself by looking to become an economic entity. and introduced innovations at the time of free entry to all meetings ,got approval for the first passing lane , cut raceday staff by 75% introduced a trainer bonus scheme (6 wins =75000 ) cut free dinners from paid staff and then (shock) from committee members as well. it was still not enough so sold secretary's car and rented out house that was part of sec package.We limited sponsors freebies (where poss) and the presidents "bar".We looked to HRNZ and Nz Racing Authority for assistance and got nowhere. We even tried concerts after last race and invited visiting national sports teams to hhelp us out. I could go on but I think you may see the club tried desperate measures to "future proof"the industry .After putting in 18hour days at times eventually I personally could see still no way for economic survival (even cancelling racemeetings at bad times of year.)My last chance was to attent AGM of HRNZ to plead our case.and got nowhere. So Rusty hope you stop proding the bear unless you have all the answers and can reply.
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    Auckland noms Friday

    get the point T man , get the point t man get the point t man get the point t ma...………...
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    Auckland noms Friday

    silli pilli. see if you can find a solution to a problem without going to the dogs.!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Remember too that not only trainers are effected by mini meeting but it also cuts in half drivers earnings as well.
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    $7000 races are we all mad ?

    and for those that may wish to argue, I am happy to elaborate on my background. Have been owner since 1969 on various club committees been a club treasurer, a club Secretary and a Club Manager. I have both bred mares and raced and sold horses overseas. Harness Racing has been a lifelong passion but I am very concerned re. the future.
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    $7000 races are we all mad ?

    all good suggestions but lets not lose sight of the huge overheads which are removed from the industry runs to 100s of millions each year that could be available for stakes but are "siphoned off " by inefficiency each year. Moving ratings and dollars around will not fix the problem unfortunately.
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    Auckland noms Friday

    surely they ring most trainers !...was always important when noms light to ring round and ask(beg) for horses for the meet. If they don't as you suggest Taku then that would be extremely poor.. When I used to one problem was some trainers (clever buggers) would say yes will bring 2 down but second one got no form but guarantee a start for both and good draws, and will come !. (always worked out by some "miracle" lol)